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Resident Physician Forum
November 24, 1999

Leadership Opportunities for Residents and Fellows

Author Affiliations

Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident and Fellow Services, American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1999;282(20):1978. doi:10.1001/jama.282.20.1978

The American Medical Association-Resident and Fellow Section (AMA-RFS) is recruiting resident and fellow physicians to fill several leadership positions on AMA Councils and other committees. The resident representatives report to the AMA-RFS Governing Council on items of interest to resident physicians and fellows. The following is a summary of the councils and committees with upcoming vacancies for residents.

The AMA Council on Legislation addresses federal legislation related to health care and makes recommendations to the AMA House of Delegates on legislative policy. This council meets 4 times each year and at the AMA Annual and Interim Meetings. The AMA Board of Trustees appoints the resident member to this council for a 1-year term.

The AMA Surgical Caucus discusses issues and resolutions that come before the AMA House of Delegates and are of interest to surgeons. The resident member also serves on the Surgical Caucus Executive Committee, which meets at the AMA Annual and Interim Meetings. The AMA-RFS Governing Council appoints the resident to a 1-year term.

The Council on Long-Range Planning and Development sets the AMA's course as an organization. It makes recommendations regarding membership and finance, and it evaluates other AMA planning activities. The AMA speaker of the House of Delegates appoints the resident to a 3-year term.

JAMA Editorial Board members peer review articles submitted to JAMA as requested and contribute to the journal as appropriate. The resident member focuses on submissions related to residency training and solicits articles for JAMA's Resident Physician Forum column. The Editorial Board meets annually. The JAMA Editor-in-Chief appoints the resident member for a 2-year term.

The Minority Affairs Consortium serves as an advisory and advocacy group on issues of concern to minority patients and physicians, including improving the health status of minorities, increasing minority enrollment in US medical schools, and expanding representation by minority physicians and medical students within the AMA. This is a 2-year position.

Applying for a Position

If you are interested in serving in 1 of these positions, discuss the opportunity with your program director before applying. You may also want to contact members of the RFS Governing Council to discuss the position. To apply, send a statement of interest and curriculum vitae to the AMA Department of Resident and Fellow Services, American Medical Association, 515 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610. You may also fax your materials to (312) 464-5845. The application deadline is January 28, 2000. For additional information on the positions or to contact members of the RFS Governing Council, call the AMA Department of Resident and Fellow Services at (312) 464-4751 or contact the RFS by e-mail at gloria_robertson@ama-assn.org.